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What is preventing the UK from stopping arms exports to Israel?

Recent polling has shown that a majority of the UK public supports banning arms exports to Israel. A recent YouGov poll showed that 56% of all UK voters support a ban whilst 17% are against a ban. ...
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For countries without written constitutions, what power does the judiciary have to control laws passed by government?

In countries, such as the US, with written constitutions, courts can strike down laws they consider to be unconstitutional. For example, a law that prohibited people saying "hello" would be ...
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Have any [other] countries fired 50% [or more] of government workers (say over the course of one year)?

According to Reason magazine: Since taking office in December, Milei has cut the number of government ministries from 18 to eight and fired over 50 percent of all government workers. I'm curious: ...
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How much accountability do deputies in the lowest levels of the government in China face to the Chinese citizenry?

Rory Truex, a researcher of Chinese politics at Princeton University, states that "the CCP tightly controls the nomination and election processes at every level in the people's congress system......
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Is democracy possible in a country with a relatively low-educated population?

Many people consider democracy the best system of government. We all know the famous quote from Winston Churchill: Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and ...
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If the EU were viewed as a federation, would it appear more decentralized than the U.S.?

The U.S. may appear distinctive compared to many European nations in the extent to which state laws differ from state to state, as they are given more jurisdiction to govern themselves. For example, ...
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Under what conditions do governments have a responsibility to curb overpopulation?

Many governments face problems of underreproduction and overreproduction. Some governments promote fertility, such as Japan and Armenia. China famously had a one-child policy to curb fertility. True ...
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Which is the country whose government has the largest public ownership in the world (net worth) over most of its natural resources?

Venezuela is another contemporary example that we have of the detrimental effects of socialism on the environment. At one point a couple of decades ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest nation in Latin ...
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Was there any issue with the auditing system for its military in China prior before the recent change?

The Central Military Commission has taken direct control of the PLA's audit office, the Defence Ministry announced yesterday, a move experts said would strengthen President Xi Jinping's campaign to ...
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How does the instability of the budgeting process by the U.S. government makes it more difficult for the U.S. military to produce a clean audit?

“When it comes to the Pentagon audits, steady progress is the name of the game versus clean audits quickly,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “Almost every ...
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Can any U.S. government agency fund any think-tank?

Top think tank funders from within the U.S. government include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Air Force, the Army, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department. The ...
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How much money did the RAND corporation receive from the U.S. government and its agencies?

The top 50 think tanks in America, as ranked by the University of Pennsylvania’s Go To Think Tank Index, received over $1 billion from U.S. government and defense contractors. The top recipients of ...
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Israeli and the US visions for Gaza future [closed]

Is there convergence between the Israeli and the US visions for the future of Gaza? It seems that the conflict in Gaza nears its end, as the Palestinian fighters surrender by hundreds (see here and ...
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Do any parliaments exclude the opposition?

Reading about the clashes between the governing coalition and the opposition in NZ Parliament like this makes me wonder: Since the governing coalition got the majority sufficient to make binding ...
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How did Israel support Hamas precisely?

Before the 7 October attacks, some Israeli officials considered that, at a political level, Hamas was an asset. This Intercept article details the logic: Hamas, in that sense, has been a convenient ...
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What kind of government organization does Alain de Benoist seek?

Alain de Benoist's main focus is "identity". This article says that Alain de Benoist is both a "conservative and “socialist””. A wikipedia article says that he is also a radical ...
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Is there an official reason why Kamala Harris wasn't present during the bilateral meeting between China and the U.S. during the APEC summit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avebny5UeB8 The video shows a meeting between the Chinese delegation and some senior American officials, but I don't see Kamala Harris, the vice president. Is there a ...
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Who is the U.S. official with the highest position within the U.S. government who has dual citizenship?

Who is the U.S. official with the highest position within the U.S. government who has dual citizenship? I was thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I am not sure if he's the highest ranked, and I am ...
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When was the last/prior time a former PM served in another (non-PM) position in the UK government?

CNN: Sunak then announced he was bringing Cameron back to frontline politics as foreign secretary, in a stunning move that has few parallels in recent British political history. Cameron served as ...
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What's the rationale for spending big on athlete development for the Olympics?

TOKYO -- Countries typically splurge on their athletic teams to win medals at the Olympics. But how has this improved their athlete's performance? An analysis involving investment by governments and ...
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Does the White House Chief of Staff in the US hold considerable power over others?

In various TV shows I've seen that the CoS has considerable influence over the executive and is shown to be "more powerful" (in some sense) than Secretaries (of State, of Defence, etc). How ...
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Can the U.S. president suspend any government officials given a good enough reason?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday suspended the minister from a far-right party in the coalition government and from cabinet meetings “until further notice”. https://www.aljazeera....
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What is the purpose of observers within a war cabinet?

During the 2023 Israel–Hamas War, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a war cabinet of the following composition.[40][41] 3 full members: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Minister of Defense ...
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Israeli officials taking responsibility for a miscalculation in predicting a possible Hamas attack

I read in the news that the Israeli Defense Minister took responsibility for the 7/10 Hamas threat assessment/attack miscalculation (unfortunately I can't find a reference to this). Is this true? Did ...
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Why is are the terms government party and opposition party rarely used to describe the parties in the USA?

Much as Brazil, Ghana, Canada, Britain, most countries really, use these terms in these senses of that the party supplying the head of government is the governing or ruling party and the others are ...
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What are some means that multi-party coalitions can use to ensure that they are held as accountable as possible?

The literature on comparative political institutions highlights a tradeoff between majoritarian/plurality and proportional/consensus models of democracy. The former arrangement is said to enhance ...
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Who is the Israeli official that said that Gaza would be reduced to “a city of tents”?

An article in the Washington Post mentions that: On Tuesday, an Israeli official told the country’s Channel 13 that Gaza would be reduced to “a city of tents.” I'm trying to understand how serious &...
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What advantages do smaller countries have over bigger ones for achieving effectiveness?

https://www.theglobaleconomy.com/rankings/wb_government_effectiveness/ Definition: The index of Government Effectiveness captures perceptions of the quality of public services, the quality of the ...
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Is there a democracy where the national government can directly determine the zoning of a municipality?

In urban planning, zoning is a method in which a municipality or other tier of government divides land into "zones", each of which has a set of regulations for new development that differs ...
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How does the CCP prevent the minority parties from obtaining too many seats and is there a hard cap on how many seats they can get?

While only the CCP holds effective power at the national level, there are officially eight minor parties that exist alongside the CCP.[2] Founded before the proclamation of the People's Republic of ...
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Success ratio of petition

I self-drafted a Public Interest Litigation petition (Criminal) against the appointment of the Director (HR) of a Central Public Sector Enterprise in India against whom multiple complaints of ...
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Does America have political factions like those in China

There are political factions in China, I am wondering if there are also factions within the U.S. government. I am not talking about the Democrats and the Republicans, although maybe those could be ...
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What are the benefits of digitizing the government?

Schools with outdated computers. Health authorities relying on fax machines. Town offices that offer few or none of their services online — that's the reality in Germany in 2021. Eight years after ...
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Is Marriyum Aurangzeb no longer in the Pakistani cabinet?

Wikipedia lists her tenure a minister ending on August 10, but she's still listed as minister on the government's website. Marriyum Aurangzeb is the current Federal Minister for Information and ...
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Are there ethnically non-Chinese members of the CCP right now?

Are there ethnically non-Chinese (non-Chinese ethnicities) members of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) right now? There are a few people like Israel Epstein who were members of the CCP, but as of now ...
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Exploring the causal mechanisms between democratization and economy growth

I have been reading a lot recently on a classic polsci question on the relationship between democratization and economic outcomes(see Boix & Stokes, 2003; Coppedge, in press; Epstein, Bates, ...
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Does Vladimir Putin need the consent of his prime minister in order to appoint or remove a member of the Russian government?

The president is empowered to appoint the prime minister to chair the Government (called the cabinet or the council of ministers in other countries), with the consent of the State Duma. The President ...
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Examples of planned rotation of power in the governing coalition within the European Union

According to the conditions agreed upon when the Liberals and the Social Democrats decided to govern together in the autumn of 2021, the current Romanian Prime Minister should have resigned and ...
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How does the Communist Party of China (CPC) keep the factions in check?

There are several factions within the CPC that compete for power, how does the Chinese government keep them in check to ensure that they don't destroy each other? There are two main factions and some ...
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How can central government intervene when a council declares itself bankrupt?

As quoted by the Guardian and a local news website, Woking borough council is on the verge of bankruptcy (due to failed investments and financial mismanagement.) To put in context how much debt the ...
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How does China reduce the amount of leaks?

It seems like leaks are prevalent in public administrations in Western democracies such as the United States, which explains why Wikileaks became such a big problem for the U.S. However, strangely ...
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Which countries provide their citizens with quick and easy ways to get current status of public projects?

Governments around the world finance many "projects" , for example infrastructure(highways, railways, etc.) or public facilities(hospitals, schools, etc.) Once such a project is announced, ...
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Why has Libertarianism achieved so little as a political ideology in the World?

Since Libertarianism can be defined as a political philosophy that advocates only minimal state intervention in the free market and the private lives of citizens, but when it comes to actual policies, ...
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Bank and state cooperation in green transition: What is the political nature of this alliance?

Are there any political scientists addressing the relationship between banks and states in the era of climate change? I know this is a broad topic and I would assume I could easily find research ...
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Have any large governments had any explicit 'we won't assassinate opposing government leaders unless they do X' policies?

The general rules are that assassinating of leaders of a country are a no-go for any modern country. partially because of the extreme retaliation that would result, partially because you open the ...
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Are there developed countries where elected officials can easily terminate government workers?

As per the answer to Can the US President fire government employees for poor performance? it seems like government employees are very hard to fire in the US. Are there developed countries where this ...
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What do countries do to ensure that R&D budget for science or technology in general coming from the government is spent effectively?

What do countries do to ensure that R&D budget for science or technology in general coming from the government is spent effectively? Often countries give a 1+ billion stimulus package for R&D ...
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Can Indian state or central governments refuse to comply with court decisions, and if so, what are the consequences?

Usually, the Government (states or Central) comply with the orders of the High Courts or the Supreme Court. I'm having trouble finding answers for a very simple question - What are the consequences of ...
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Why do government employees pay income taxes?

Government employees' salaries are paid for by taxes levied by the government on the labour income of employees among other. Why do governments not simply pay their own employees tax-free salaries? I ...
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How uncommon is it for a Prime Minister not to respond to an urgent question themselves?

Quite a lot has been made of Liz Truss not attending the House of Commons to answer an urgent question from the Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer on her decision to replace the Chancellor of the ...
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